We might have found a promising one today.
It's called the Church of the Chimes, and it's part of the RCA (Reformed Church in America). It's similar in belief and practice to the Lutheran church, so I'm very comfortable with it, since that's the denomination with which my elementary school was affiliated. I definitely don't think that one denomination has all the answers, but after spending several years at a non-denominational church I think having an organization that has laid out specific beliefs and recommendations to help lead the church is important.
Right now the church is searching for a new pastor, which I rather like. It's a chance to get to know the community while it's in transition.
The people we spoke to were all very welcoming and kind. The greeter was happy to lead us over to the welcoming table and give us little bags that had brochures about the church, a voucher for free coffee and donuts after the service, and a couple of pieces of candy. She seemed so excited to see someone new. But while it's not a large church, it's not a dying church like the one my father attends. There are people from all age groups, families with little kids as well as older adults. It's a good mix.
It's big enough to have multiple ministries, including a weekly Saturday night meal for the hungry where they distribute things like backpacks and clothing on top of the free meal. There are Bible study groups and different organizations for mothers and children. Not much to specifically target young people who are single or just married, but in a few years those programs will be fantastic.
So I hope that this is the start of something special.
The one catch is that I work Sundays, so I won't be able to attend services every week as I should. But I hope that as we get to know the congregation, Seanie and I might be able to find our own way to contribute to the church, even if we can't make it every week.